2003 McClean Vineyards Syrah Estate Private Reserve


  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
  • Paso Robles

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  • cmaldoon wrote: 92 points

    October 5, 2012 - McClean Syrah 2003

    Noted at 1hr

    Color: dark dark red (not purple)

    Nose: he says: roast pork with cherry compote. She says dates, stuffed with cheese and wrapped with honeyed bacon. He agrees but with not much smoke on the bacon. The nose is persistent and reasonably strong.

    Palate: very ripe plum, baking spices, a bit of black cherry, racy acidity. She says: it is like those but it is NOT as heavy as those may seem. He agrees and adds that the plum is bright and the baking spices tend to cinnamon and allspice rather than clove. The acidity is fantastic and keeps you wanting more. There is a finish that develops more and more with time. He says: Carmel mocha cream. Not heavy but very lasting. She says: it is Carmel first, a creamy feel and a touch of mocha but mainly caramel. Exceptionally long finish.


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